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Critical care echo rounds: Echo in cardiac arrest

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Andreas Zafiropoulos, Kaleab Asrress, Simon Redwood, Stuart Gillon, David Walker

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D15-D21
JournalEcho Research and Practice
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Published1 Dec 2014

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Abstract

Management of medical cardiac arrest is challenging. The internationally agreed approach is highly protocolised with therapy and diagnosis occurring in parallel. Early identification of the precipitating cause increases the likelihood of favourable outcome. Echocardiography provides an invaluable diagnostic tool in this context. Acquisition of echo images can be challenging in cardiac arrest and should occur in a way that minimises disruption to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In this article, the reversible causes of cardiac arrest are reviewed with associated echocardiography findings.

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